Christmas and New Year is a very hectic time in this box-canyon and spending a weekend at OPUS Hut with my friends, Fiona & Naani was the perfect opportunity for a change of scenery.
Over the course of two days, we took care of 16 guests, skied powder, skinned up hill after hill, baked birthday cakes, stoked fires, shoveled snow, played cards, laughed and slept under the full moon.
To be able to spend time in such a pristine and untouched environment is a magical experience. Because of my brother, I was introduced to the backcountry at a young age but only here in Telluride have I begun to really enjoyed its solitude and serenity on a regular basis.
Conquering a mountain without the support of a ski lift is very gratifying and also humbling.
But what get’s me the most is the skiing: curving your own line into the snow, without having hundreds of others competing for that same line in a ski-resort, feeling the skis float on the powdery surface filles my heart with happiness and makes me smile every single time.
This weekend was also the first time I toured with Naani in the backcountry. Last season, I gave her my pair of backcountry skies and it is an honor to see those pink planks underneath her feet, riding the powder while she is grinning from one ear to the other.
Naani was kind enough to share her thoughts and experience of backcountry skiing with us: